I’m a huge fan of the great outdoors, and sometimes I even like to do something crazy and far out like go caving (which is where you descend deep into the earth and explore the underground!). I learned a very long time ago that in order to be successful outdoors, you need to have a very good torch at your disposal, lest you risk running into trouble in the dark! I use a different torch when I’m camping (I like to use Led Torches in Australia for my camping and trekking) to when I’m exploring a cave, and conversely, other people will need different things from their torch depending on what they are going to use it for.
I’ve outlined a few different things that you need to take into consideration when choosing a torch, so take these into account and hopefully you wind up with the right kind of torch for your needs. After all, choosing a flashlight can be overwhelming – there are a lot of variables to consider like what is the difference between xenon bulbs and LEDs? And should you get something that’s USB chargeable or are rechargeable batteries good enough? Plus, what should you spend? How big should the flashlight be? There are a huge range of variables. If you’re tradesperson, you should consider what kind of work are you in and what you need a torch for, and how you plan on using your torch, and how often.
I can appreciate that it can be difficult to choose the right kind of torch, and you might even have people who tell you that the kind of torch that they have is the best kind of torch, but you need to make an informed choice based on what your needs are. In addition to this, there are lots of cheap or imitation brands flooding the market, and as such it can be a possibility that you just grab something cheap and think you’ll have it sorted – but this might cause problems and you might find yourself having to reinvest in a new torch before long. Let’s take a look here.
Key Torch Specs
Bezel – The front part of the light that includes the flashlight lens, reflector and the bulb. Basically, the shiny part.
Candlepower – This refers to the brightness of the beam in a focused spot
Halogen bulb – A bulb that burns clear and that maximises the light output with halogen gas (this also keeps the interior of the bulb nice and clean)
Incandescent bulb – Uses a thin filament which has an electrical current passing through it
LED (light emitting diode) – This is a durable and long lasting kind of bulb which has up to 100,000 hours of run time. It has a soft focus and a short range, but can offer the user hours of run time – albeit at a low illumination level.
Lumen – A way of measuring the output of a bulb (without taking focus into consideration)
Reflector – Something that focuses the bulb and directs the beam
Xenon bulb – A bulb that has light output maximised with Xenon and helps to keep the interior of the bulb clean
So taking this list of key specs into account, you basically need to weigh up what kind of brightness you need, what kind of battery life you need, and what size is required. A heavy duty, and hard-wearing torch will need to be something that you buy if you’re using it for a big beam and high brightness – for example if you’re fishing at night, or if you’re in the police force or search and rescue department, and a smaller LED torch is something that you can get away with if you’re just using it to light your way to the toilet at night when camping!
At the end of the day, you should take a look at the torches out there, compare a few models and then choose what’s right for you based on your price point. Good luck and happy hunting.